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Over 60,000 Bangladeshis acquire digital skills through Microsoft training

| Updated: April 10, 2021 19:11:05

Over 60,000 Bangladeshis acquire digital skills through Microsoft training

Over 60,000 people in Bangladesh, out of millions of people spanning over 249 countries, have acquired digital skills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Corporation has recently announced that it has helped over 30 million people, from 249 countries and territories, gain access to digital skills, of which over 60,000 are from Bangladesh.

This tops its initial goal of 25 million from last June while Microsoft Corp is also extending its commitment to help 250,000 companies globally make a skills-based hire in 2021, said a media statement on Thursday.

Microsoft and LinkedIn have launched next stage to help job seekers and employers move to a skills-based economy

From laid-off factory workers to retail associates and truck drivers, millions of people have turned to online learning courses from GitHub, LinkedIn, and Microsoft during the pandemic to help prepare for and secure the most in-demand roles, including customer service projects management and data analysis.

The next stage of the initiative sets a new foundation for a skills-based economy through a suite of new tools and platforms designed to connect skilled job seekers with employers, the media statement continued.

Afif Mohamed Ali, Country Managing Director, Microsoft Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, and Nepal, said, “We are standing on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which will fundamentally bring alchemical change and significantly impact all industries, including the job market.”

It has become vital for individuals to learn and improve their set of skills that will help them emerge stronger in the post-pandemic world, he continued.

Olivier Legrand, Managing Director & Vice-President, Asia Pacific & China, LinkedIn said, more and more, we are seeing skills-based hiring becoming critical in our world of work.

In 2021, we will continue our efforts to equip jobseekers with the right resources to pick up new skills, and connect them to opportunities, as well as aim to help 250,000 organisations make a skills-based hire, Olivier Legrand said.

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